Birth Control

Does anyone else have severe side effects from birth control? I am horribly moody, mean and almost feel paranoid. What do you use? Good results? Suggestions? Thanks!
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 1:46 am
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*Mandy*
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Sometimes I get moody, period (Pun intended). It's not always linked to the B/C. However, if you're on a particular brand for a long time, this may cause changes to your body.

I use Ortho Tri-Cyclen, but you might want to look into Yaz. I hear it's great for mood swings, and I'm actually getting ready to switch.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 2:10 am
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I've had bad reactions to some birth control in the past until I switched to a very mild brand. Alesse 28 (sp?) I've been on it now for 8 years. Everyones body is different, switch around until you find what fits you best. Good Luck!
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 2:43 am
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I have tried quite a few, and always give them at least a good 3 months. I am currently on Yaz, and I am not the same person off BC. I ahve tried lo-estrin, Ortho Tri Cyclen, OTC Low. I am a totally different person off BC. I am laid back, easy going, fairly calm. On BC I am mean, cranky, hateful, paranoid etc. I think I am going to have to stop taking it all together. We arent ready for kids, but what else can I do?!
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 3:02 am
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Maybe look into that shot or patch type of birth control that goes in you arm. I'm not familiar with it, but maybe it's not as bad.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 3:19 am
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Maybe you should consider an IUD - it doesn't use drugs
http://www.4woman.gov/faq/birthcont.htm

I have heard that many people will react hormonally to birth control. Any type of pill is going to manipulate your hormones - it probably will make you nuts if you are sensitive to that.
http://www.healthywomen.org/healthtopics/birthcontrolpills

My doctor put me on Seasonale because I was very irregular, I did not encounter the side effects of others like increased appetite or mood swings, maybe something to speak with your doctor about!
http://www.seasonale.com/
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 3:28 am
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I use Ortho Tri-cyclen low. I really like it I have tried seasonale and I loved only having my period 4 times a year but I had a terrible reaction to that pill.

I am thinking about doing the IUC mirena, a friend has it and loves it, and my mom's doctor recommended it so Iam talking that over with my doctor.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:16 am
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Maybe you should ask your doctor about sarafeme(said just live that)
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:58 am
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I just got onto Yaz two months ago...and the first month my my period didnt start till the last day of the placebo pills...so I had my period a couple days while taking a pill...and it was like Watch out....one minute I was yelling at someone for no reason an hour later I was crying....but since then it has been a lot better...

other then that I have had no side effects...I think it has helped me keep off a couple pounds...cause I have been going to the gym steady 5-6 days a week for a little bit now...and I hurt my leg a couple weeks ago and sprained my ankle so I didnt go to the gym for about a week....( i have one ankle that keeps twisting) and I still lost 2 pounds that week....

I have also talked with some friends, and one friend told me that her dr. told her that a pill should be given 3 months for your body to adjust. Obviously if you have extreme side effects I would say talk to you dr. right away.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 5:14 am
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i use femcon ( its actually chewable) and its fine. i get my period for 3 days... but my mood swings are insane.. i get insane the night before and the first day i am very emotional! not to mention i eat like a pig!
other than that, i like the pill a lot
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 5:17 am
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I also use Ortho Tri-Cyclen and I don't seem to have any issues with it. I agree with pp, talk to the Dr. My friend goes nutso on any type of b/c and has decided not to take anything at all as well. They're not kid ready either but I keep telling her it's only a matter of time until you get pregnant but she's too stubborn to talk to the Dr. Hopefully you'll find something that works well with your body.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 5:37 am
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I use Ortho-trycyclen (low dose) I have been on ot for a few months and don't see any weird mood swings or anything. My periods are lighter but I still get the "normal" mood swings like I always have about a week before, more emontional then anything, not really angry. I was on a higher dose years ago and it made me gain A LOT of weight. I would look into Yaz too.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 8:40 am
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I had the same problems you are having! It seemed like nothing was working. I finally was put on Micronor, which is a progestin-only pill. It is the lowest dose (I think) there is. Women use it while they are breast-feeding because it doesn't have estrogen in it and a low dose of progestin. It is a little less effective (you MUST take it at the same time EVERY DAY) but I have had NO emotional side effects!! Just another alternative to bring up with your doctor. HTH!
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 9:46 am
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FYI - I had a freind who had a severe stroke last week, and brain surgery over the weekend...she is still in ICU. The doctors say it was caused by using birth control pills and drinking alcohol...one of those "rare but serious" side effects...
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 9:50 am
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Definately talk to you Dr. about different options. The shot and the patch contain the same kinds of hormones as the Pill. They're just administered differently. And everyone reacts differently.

I was on Ortho Cyclen (not ortho tri-cyclen) many years ago and I had terrible mood swings and I was in tears for the most ridiculous reasons. DH practically begged me to stop taking it and he's convinced it got me fired from my job at the time. A year later a new Dr. put me on Mircette and it was SO much better. My periods were lighter and just about 3 days. I was even able to skip the placebo week each once in a while to avoid having my period during a vacation. I was on it for over 4 years when I noticed I was having trouble dealing with stress and I was getting depressed really easily. I finally went off it a few months before I graduated from college (the source of the stress) and I was so much happier.

After college I decided I didn't want to go back on the Pill and possibly deal with the mood swings again. I'm just a happier person off the Pill. So, now DH and I just use condoms for about a week every month when I'm ovulating. I track my ovulation by taking my temp every morning and charting throughout my cycle. It's a method many women use when they're trying to get pregnant, we're using it to avoid pregnancy... for now. ;-) If your period is pretty regular and you can be consistant about charting, it's a decent method. DH and I both agreed that using condoms once in a while is a perfectly acceptible alternative to the crazy mood swings, and it's worked for us for over 4 years. You can learn more about it by Googling: basal body temperature.

Good luck!
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm
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I use NuvaRing, the "stick-it-up-there-for-3-weeks" BC. I don't have any mood swings, weight gain, etc. and I've been using it for nearly a near.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm
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try the patch...i love it. I haven't had any side effects at all. It's been 3 years. But if your a smoker, I don't think you can use it.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm
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I use Depoprovera. It is a shot that I get once every 3 months. I never get a period. I have been on it for almost 5 years and have never had a period. I also have never had any modd swings or anything.

The only draw back to the Depo is that it causes a loss in estrogen which sometimes can cause a loss of sex drive.
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm
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I use the NuvaRing too. I used to be on Zovia (birth control pill) and I would have mood swings. Don't get me wrong, I still have them, but they are not as severe. (even my husband noticed a difference!)
Posted on March 4, 2008 at 7:23 am
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I have used the patch (stopped because I was sick of the dirty bandaid issue), the shot (perfect in every way except the weight gain), and am now on Lybrel, which is a brand new pill taken everyday (there is no placebo), so you do not get a period. If you start to spot, it is recommended you let yourself have a period (which is about every four months). It's been great so far. It took some adjusting to because I am not used to taking a pill every day.
Posted on March 4, 2008 at 7:37 am
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I've done a few types over the past, 3 different pills, Depo-Provera shots, The Ring and the Patch. The pills were moody, Aleese, Ortho tri-cyclen and marlveon 28. I hated the shot because I had a period almost non-stop for two years and my doctor, at the time, decided the solution was to increase my dose and put me on the pill at the same time *what was he thinking *L*. The ring I didn't mind, but I had a different doctor tell me about people getting pregant in his office because it wasn't inserted properly.
I have to say the patch is my favorite! I've been on it for 2 years now without anything bothering me, and no pregnancies either *LOL!
Posted on March 4, 2008 at 8:29 am
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